Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 11:50:02 -0500
From: Virginia Clark vpclark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOOSE.UVM.EDU
Subject: "American Tongues" and "Yeah You Rite!"
I agree with everyone who has heaped praise on "American Tongues";
it is by far the most successful videotape I've used (followed not very
closely by an interview with Deborah Tannen about _You Just Don't
Understand_, which I am apparently, according to Bruce Gelder, using
illegally [I didn't want to know that]).
What have others' experiences been with the videotape "Yeah You
Rite!" which was produced and directed by the same people who did "American
Tongues" and for which Walt Wolfram also wrote an instructional guide? (If
you haven't seen it, it deals with the various dialects in New Orleans.) My
students don't like it, and I'm not sure if that's because we're in Vermont
and most of them haven't been to New Orleans (sometimes I think some of them
don't even know where it is) or because the videotape itself isn't as good
as "American Tongues."
University of Vermont